The Origin and Dark Meaning Behind the Dab Dance or 'Dabbing'

  • The dab, also referred to as dabbing, is a dance trend that has been widely picked across the globe with many caring less about its origin.

    While the dab dance has been there for a few years, it continues to crop up everywhere - online, in homes around the world and recently at State House, Nairobi, where President Uhuru Kenyatta gave it a go when he hosted award-winning dance crew FBI.


    Interestingly, however, the nature of the move, its name, and where it came from give it a direct reference to marijuana.

    A research by indicates that while dabbing may seem like just an innocent dance move, it does actually have a darker meaning behind it.

    Dabbing entails one pointing their arm upwards towards the sky while at the same time bowing their head into the other arm.

    What does dabbing reference?

    First and foremost, the term dabbing is a reference for smoking and extracting Marijuana concentrates.

    Multiple sources reveal that the dance move is supposed to represent sneezing, something that often happens to people when they've smoked a lot of Bhang.

    Where was it born?

    The dab dance is believed to have originated from Atlanta among a group of rappers known as Migos, who are no strangers to Marijuana.

    The Migos Group

    Other artists popularised the dance move by featuring it in their music videos and it was soon picked up by American football player Cam Newton.

    The dance went ahead to gain more popularity as sportsmen including renowned footballers gave it a try especially after scoring during matches.

    The dabbing craze gained prominence so much so that even politicians including former US Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton performed the move.

    Hilary Clinton Dabbing

    The Migos, who have a music video titled Look at My Dab, describe the move as a way of "fashion", strongly denying that it references coughing from high-potency marijuana.

    All in all, the dab could be an innocent dance move or maybe, just maybe, it could be tied to drugs and has just been passed through onto unsuspecting masses in form of a trendy dancing style.

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